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Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens

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Peaceful walk through nature

We enjoyed the morning walking between the Centenary Lakes and Botanic Garden, each were beautiful... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2019
Adelaide, Australia
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I came here with my husband and my 2 year old son. We took a walk around the lake and through the... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2019
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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64 Collins Avenue | Next to the Botanical Gardens, Edge Hill, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4032 6650
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Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed the morning walking between the Centenary Lakes and Botanic Garden, each were beautiful and full of gorgeous native flora. Lots to see and enjoy, would definitely recommend everyone to visit when in Cairns.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank jesswarland
Reviewed July 29, 2019

The recent upgrade has destroyed, along with some extraordinally large trees, the beauty of a once delightful tropical area. "They paved paradise" unquote. The new pathway is (whilst functional) totally inappropriate to the surroundings. I walked for ten minutes along it, turned back and will...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 12, 2019

I came here with my husband and my 2 year old son. We took a walk around the lake and through the board walk. This is a beautiful and serene location. Though I was most impressed with the naturally designed play ground. It was difficult...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 624gerrih
Reviewed May 1, 2019

If you are looking for free things to do in Cairns these gardens are a must see. The walk in and around the Gardens is so peaceful and you can make use of all the free walks and talks which happen throughout the week. We...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank alpatdunc
Reviewed April 2, 2019

Great Botanical Gardens, do take the free guided walk ( it is good to make a donation, some tight wads didn't). Don't miss the stingless ants and the mass observatory. The Centenary Lakes are a credit to local aouncil and also do see visit from...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PW24
Reviewed January 15, 2019

The Centenary Lakes are host to many species of birds common to Cairns and there are billboards there to learn from. There is a Chinese friendship garden, a small hut with a viewing platform, some great walks and plenty to see. This would be a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Brianrossy
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

We found this to be the very best of botanic gardens. Lots of information with each item and an huge array of tropical vegetation from around the world

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michael K
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Beautiful picturesque lakes surrounded by beautiful gardens. We loved the Chinese Friendship Garden. For photography lovers this place is a must. Also check out next to it Nature Play Centenary Park. What a fantastic park for young children to visit, have a picnic lunch and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sue T
Reviewed September 25, 2018

We wandered through the lakes area and admired the wildlife. We particularly loved the Japanese section. We took some great photos. There were several photographers there getting their shots. Salt water and fresh water lakes beside one another was also interesting. However, We saw much...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daryl N
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Wonderful afternoon activity. Cross Collins Avenue from Flecker Botanical Gardens and enter the Centenary Boardwalk. Beautiful Pandanus palms, Swamp melaleucas and birdlife all in this quiet part of Edgehill. The boardwalk will bring you out at Centenary lakes with the Chinese Gardens and interesting bird...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from alpatdunc | Reviewed this property |
Cairns is not a dangerous place as long as you don't swim in the ocean where the crocodiles are. The Botanical Gardens are very safe and there is wildlife but not dangerous wildlife. You will have a wonderful time. Make... More